NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION

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The Natural Resources and Conservation program in Polk County is committed to improving the current state of our local ecosystems through natural resources educational programs. By sharing science-based information to improve upon current management and land use practices, the Natural Resources and Conservation Extension Program will improve the function of our natural systems. Small changes by every citizen can contribute to a brighter tomorrow for our natural environment.

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CONTACT

Shannon Carnevale

Natural Resources and Conservation

Extension Agent I, M.S.

863-519-1051

scarnevale@ufl.edu

RECENT NATURAL RESOURCES BLOG POSTS

American White Pelicans: Florida’s Other Snowbird

American white pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America with wingspans up to 9.5 feet across. Although some migratory birds maps do not show American white pelicans migrating to inland Central Florida, squadrons of these majestic birds have been observed on lakes throughout Polk County for years. Identification American white pelicans are large water birds

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Kid-Free Nature Camp for Grown-Ups: Nov. 16th

Do you often reminisce about your nature camp days as a kid? Reminisce no longer--we now have a nature daycamp for grown-ups!  When November 16th, 2017 from 6-8 PM. Register now, at the link below to reserve your spot! This event costs $20 and will take place rain or shine. What Join UF/IFAS Extension faculty in our first Kids-Free Nature Camp

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Exotic Lizards in Central Florida

Plants and animals that live outside of their native ranges as a result of human activity are known as exotic species. Although not all exotic species become invasive, those that do have the ability to harm ecology, economy, and human health. These non-native invasions have caused an imbalance in Florida’s reptile populations. Read on to learn more about identifying the exotic reptiles we have in

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